Nobody can stop reggae: Kenya farmers play music to rouse milking cows

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A farmer shows one of the speakers in the cow sheds

By Tuko/NTV Kenya

 On the molecular level, research shows that listening to music improves our mental well-being and physical health by buoying our mood and fend off depression.

Music also improves blood flow in ways similar to statins, lower levels of stress-related hormones like cortisol and ease pain.

Listening to music before an operation can even improve post-surgery outcomes and research has shown all these apply to animals too.

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Days after President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the construction of a KSh 250 million milk cooling plant in Meru County, dairy farmers are now playing music to cows to increase milk production.

According to the Meru Highlands Dairy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justus Nguu, the farmers use reggae music to get the cows to relax and yield more milk.

“A cow must be comfortable and must be relaxed. When it is relaxed and that music playing in the background that is when you get maximum out of it,” he said.

Besides the good music, Nguu said a god sleeping condition of the cows also contributes to the high production of milk.

This has forced the farmers to learn, through the Meru Dairy, how put up modern cow sheds with automated milking facilities.

The construction of the New KCC facility with a holding capacity of 100,000 litres in Nyambene will be completed in October 2020.

This follows the assurance that the government will not hesitate in its efforts to improve the welfare of the farmers who rely on milk production to provide for the family.

The construction of the New Kenya Co-operative Creameries (KCC) facility with a holding capacity of 100,000 litres in Nyambene will be completed in October 2020.

The President advised dairy farmers in the area to take advantage of the facility once its construction is completed to increase their milk production.

Unlike other New KCC cooling facilities, the plant will, in addition to bulking and chilling, pasteurize the raw milk before it is transported to processing facilities.

The plant will serve dairy farmers from five of the nine sub-counties in Meru County.

They include Tigania East, Tigania West, Tigania Central, Igembe North and Igembe South which are currently served by smallholder farmers cooperatives and self-help groups.

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